Meet the marbled cat on this episode of Candid Animal Cam:
About the marbled cat:
The marbled cat has unique markings that resemble the markings of the clouded leopard.
It is native to the eastern Himalayas and parts of Southeast Asia.
It lives in forests, and is found up to altitudes of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
The marbled cat is semiarboreal, meaning it spends part of its time in the trees.
It has adaptations for climbing such as flexible paws that can rotate when descending from trees, retractable claws, and a long tail to help with counterbalance. (An adaptation is an evolved physical trait – for instance, retractable claws in the marbled cat – that helps an organism do well and survive in its environment.)
The marbled cat is similar in size to a domestic cat.
It has a long, bushy tail.
It is solitary.
The marbled cat has good vision in low light.
It preys on (eats) birds, squirrels, small monkeys, and rodents.